Apple to Release Two Versions of iPad 3 in January?

According to Digitimes, Apple is going to unveil the next generation iPad at the iWorld expo that is scheduled for January 26th, 2012, citing supply chain partners as the source for the rumor.

That’s not all. Apparently Apple is planning on two different versions of its iPad 3, which will join the iPad 2 for a complete series of entry-level, mid-range and high-end iPads.

Digitimes’ sources say that the iPad 2 will be lowered in price and will compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, while the new models will be priced higher to fill the mid and high level pricing slots. I’m mildly confused by this rumor, since Apple already caters to three different price points with the 16GB, 32GB, and the 64GB iPad models.

Neither of the two versions of the iPad 3 will be the rumored 7.85-inch tablet, and will instead feature the same 9.7-inch screens. The screens will have a QXGA resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels with dual-LED light bars that will maintain the brightness of the panels. Other rumored features of the new iPads include quad-core A6 processors, a 5 megapixel camera in one and an 8 megapixel camera in the other. Batteries will have a capacity of as high as 14,000 mAh.

As always, Digitimes and its “sources” are not known for their accuracy, so I wouldn’t read too much into this. Some of it may be true – the screen resolution, the camera, and the battery, perhaps, but there’s no way of telling until the iPads are officially announced by Apple.

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